Wednesday, March 14, 2018

State Rep. Pam Faris (D-Clio) spoke on the House Floor to voice her opposition to legislation that would grant early release to certain medically frail prisoners. Telling her colleagues what it was like as a Genesee County jury coordinator to hold the hands of victims and their families, Rep. Faris said, “my compassion goes to the victims.”


Thursday, February 15, 2018

LANSING — Members of the Progressive Women’s Caucus’ Women’s Health Task Force introduced legislation today to protect access to contraceptive methods, free of interference from elected officials or employers. Allowing a woman the freedom to choose if, when and how to have a family is not only in the best interest of the woman herself, but also reaps widespread economic benefits as well. In 2010, it was found that providing publicly funded family planning services...

State Reps. Kristy Pagan (D-Canton), co-chair of the Women’s Health Task Force in the Progressive Women’s Caucus, Erika Geiss (D-Taylor), vice-chair of the PWC, Sara Cambensy (D-Marquette), Tim Sneller (D-Burton) and Tenisha Yancey (D-Harper Woods) introduce legislation as part of the PWC’s Contraceptive Access package at the state Capitol on Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018.
Thursday, December 7, 2017

LANSING — Last week, hundreds of current and retired first responders, firefighters and police officers joined with representatives from municipal organizations and Democratic legislators to rally against legislation that would strip these retirees of their hard-earned health care protections. When faced with this legislation on the floor, Democrats successfully negotiated with House leadership to adjust the bill’s language to reflect recommendations that both municipal groups as well as labor groups could agree on.

“Our firefighters and police...

Thursday, November 9, 2017

LANSING — State Rep. and Progressive Women’s Caucus Chairwoman Stephanie Chang (D-Detroit) and state Reps. and PWC members Pam Faris (D-Clio), Vanessa Guerra (D-Saginaw) and Kristy Pagan (D-Canton) expressed their concerns today with House Bill 4500, which would require an embryo or fetus be considered a “person” when counting the number of victims of a crime for the sentencing of criminal defendants. If passed, this bill would allow Michigan courts to treat pregnant women convicted of various crimes more harshly, whether they...

Thursday, November 2, 2017

LANSING — Today, the Michigan House of Representatives voted on House Bill 5013, which makes various changes to the state’s auto no-fault insurance system. The bill failed to pass. In response, state Rep. Pam Faris (D-Clio) issued the following statement:

“It is no secret that our auto insurance rates are simply too high for drivers to afford, but the bill that came before us today would not have actually helped lower these high costs for...